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The former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd has one less criminal charge against him. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill dismissed Derek Chauvin’s third-degree murder charge. The justice also denied the defense team’s request to throw out the ex-cop’s more serious second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter charges. The trial for Chauvin and three other officers is set for March of next year.
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A new poll shows U.S. Senator Tina Smith is in a real battle in her bid to return to office. The study indicates that the Democratic incumbent only leads Republican challenger Jason Lewis 43-percent to 42-percent. Smith had an 11-point advantage in mid-September. It appears her lead among women and suburban voters has dwindled.
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Federal authorities say they have seized over 25-hundred faulty tire rims from a Minneapolis warehouse. The vehicle parts were allegedly imported illegally from Asia. U. S. Customs and Border Protection announced yesterday that the rims were unsafe because they did not meet National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration requirements.
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It’s going to look a lot different for Target shoppers on Black Friday this holiday. The Minneapolis-based retailer announced that its stores will only be open during its normal hours instead of for early bird doorbusters. The change is because of COVID-19. Target and other stores say they want to limit crowds this shopping season.